1935
1935

1935

A young Mr John Chambers seen an opening in the market for a block business based in Sandbank, Ballyarnet. Blocks were made using hand moulds. His sole means of transport was a motorbike and a sidecar

1942
1942

1942

The business relocated to Lisdillion. Facilitating increased manufacture of blocks and expansion into aggregates including sand and gravel. Operating as J Chambers Concrete Products, Sand & Gravel

1947
1947

1947

Obtained one of the first sand and gravel washing plants in the country

1955
1955

1955

Johns’ son Will left school at the age of 15 and joined his father in making blocks. W&J Chambers was born

1958
1958

1958

The established firm relocated to a new site in Drumahoe, which remains the busy hub of the company today

1961
1961

1961

Will took over the running of the company at the age of 21, supported by his wife Rita

1970
1970

1970

Purchased sand pits in Donemana and Burndennet

1980
1980

1980

The business was joined by Will’s five sons; John, David, Gordon, Will and Alan

1985
1985

1985

Celebrated 50 years in business

1990
1990

1990

Expanded into ready mix concrete production

1994
1994

1994

Purchased limestone quarry at Lisbunny

2004
2004

2004

Purchased animal feed warehouse in Drumahoe

2004
2004

2004

BSI Kitemark Certification awarded. Audited annually to this standard

2005
2005

2005

The 4th generation joined the established business

2005
2005

2005

Exhausted quarries ecosystem restoration commenced

2007
2007

2007

New depot purchased in Macosquin, Coleraine. The concrete and block plant serves the North and Northeast coast in Northern Ireland.

2010
2010

2010

Celebrated 75 years in business

2018
2018

2018

Expansion of Farm & Equestrian store initiated

2018
2018

2018

W&J Chambers acquired ownership of Kilhoyle Quarry, Limavady securing the highest-grade basalt aggregate supply

2019
2019

2019

Purchased new McGirr block machine dedicated to long-standing employee Dan McGlinchey who had been with the company for over 60 years

2019
2019

2019

A team responsible for quality control formed. Preparations for attaining NSAI certification began

2020
2020

2020

Foreseeing increased sales of certified blocks in 2021 a second new block machine was purchased to meet this demand

2020
2020

2020

Celebrated 85 years in business

2020
2020

2020

Awarded NSAI EN773-1 Certification

2020
2020

2020

State of the art million-pound investment in a new concrete batching plant in Drumahoe depot

2020
2020

2020

Biodiversity plan activated. Greater focus on ’going green,’ off setting our footprint, and environmental management

2021
2021

2021

Expansion of exhausted quarries restoration into Biodiversity Centres of Natural Excellence and Education

2021
2021

2021

Brexit